Lynchburg is a town that loves tradition and community. Although we are fortunate to enjoy many special events throughout the year, the granddaddy of them all is the 52-year-old Frontier Days celebration.
It has evolved from a community ride, picnic and campout to the busy activity-filled weekend that attracts locals and visitors alike. Be assured, however, that the one thing that has not changed is the emphasis on wholesome and affordable family fun.
Two key Frontier Days events are the carnival and the rodeo. Our new carnival this year is Mega Midway Entertainment out of Georgia, a fourth generation family business since 1941. They feature rides such as the Ring of Fire, the Cobra, the Hurricane and the Scrambler just to name a few.
Armband days and times are Thursday, June 26 from 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, June 28 from noon until 4 p.m.; and Sunday, June 29 from 1 to 5 p.m. You can ride at the designated five hours on Thursday for $18 with a $2 discount coupon found in the Moore County News or at the entrance to the park. Ride for the designated 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday for $15 each day.
The PCA eight-event rodeo in Wiseman Park will kick off both Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with a Gold Rush for kids 9 and under. There will be money and toys there for the picking. Also each night during intermission, there will be a Shoe Scramble for kids 9 and under with a cash prize for the winner.
Rodeo tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12 and children 5 and under are admitted free. Save $2 per ticket by pre-purchasing at Farmers Bank, Moore County Bank and Roy & Roger Western Apparel in Fayetteville.
If you hear gunshots on the Square on Saturday about 11:45 a.m., never fear. It will be the River Chase Posse taking care of some bad dudes that show up about this time every year.
No celebration is complete without a parade. This year the annual Frontier Days parade is for all who would like to participate — motorized, animal driven or ridden, peddled or walking entries are all welcome and there is no pre-registration or entry fee.
There will be prize money for costumes. The parade will lineup for judging at 11 a.m. at Lynchburg Elementary and will leave for the Square at noon.
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The nominees will be introduced and the winner announced at the Gazebo immediately following the parade and just prior to the Chamber of Commerce Auction. Tents will be set up in the Gazebo area and auctioneer Eric Fruehauf will be calling for bids on more than 80 valuable items. Bring your chair and be ready to take home a treasure.
Saturday will be a day of games and contests for all ages and interests, beginning at 9 a.m. with the Baby Contest for ages 4 and under. The winner in each of four divisions will receive a trophy and $25. Each second- and third-place winner will receive a ribbon and all participants will receive a medallion. Pre-register for $20 at the Moore County Bank Stage between 8:15 and 9 a.m.
There will be free children’s games Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Gazebo, for children 9 and under, including an egg and spoon race and a bung toss. Everyone will receive a prize. This will be followed at 10:50 a.m. by a watermelon eating contest for ages 12 and up. The competition will wrap up at 3 p.m. at the Gazebo with the Dog and Cutest Goat Contest.
Visit the Moore County Library between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to see the Cultural Arts exhibits, where Moore County citizens display their handiwork in canning, quilting, photography, painting, needlework and much more.
During Frontier Days, the Lynchburg’s town square will be filled with music. On Saturday, Clogging fans will be entertained by the Heaven Bound Cloggers from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. and the Mid-State Cloggers from 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Local musician Tom Breeze will be playing a variety of music at the Gazebo on Thursday evening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. On Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., enjoy street dancing or listening to music by the Kentucky Lineman, a popular family band. Bring a chair for these events.
After the Street Dance and Rodeo on Saturday, keep your seat and enjoy a spectacular fireworks demonstration.
On Friday and Saturday, due to the Street dance, you will need to enter the Square on Main Street and go out at the traffic light. There will be no entry at the stoplight or by the post office after 4 p.m.
Frontier Days is sponsored by members of the Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County Chamber of Commerce and others. For a complete schedule of events, see the Moore County News or visit <www.lynchburgtn.com>.
—By JUNE PUGH, MCN Correspondent